Rhodichthys melanocephalus Andriashev & Chernova, 2011
Blackhead strainer snailfish
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Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  10.4 cm TL (male/unsexed); 12.5 cm SL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 1470 - 1695 m
Distribution:  Arctic Ocean: Norwegian Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 54-58; Vertebrae: 62-66. This species is distinguished by the following characters: vertebrae 62-66; D 54-58 (3-5 anterior rays short); pectoral-fin rays, 11-14 in upper lobe, 4-7 rudimentary rays in notch, 2-3 in lower lobe; preanal length 36.3-37.4% SL; head 25.3-27.6% SL; postorbital distance (from posterior margin of eye to tip of operculum) large, 14.3-15.5% SL; teeth sharp, closely set and distinctly prominent, with some of posterior teeth much larger than others; posterior margin of gill cover emarginated between rigid ends of gill rays; head and anterior part of body brownish-black; gill cavity and mouth black (Ref. 86261).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 20.08.14

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